Two Songs Guaranteed to Rock Your Church (In a Good Way!)
Sometimes it feels like great slow songs are a-dime-a-dozen (but maybe that’s just because I’m a sucker for moody music) while great upbeat songs are like searching for a needle-in-a-haystack. Every now and again I find a song with a great beat that would be sure to energize anyone, only to realize the lyrics could be far-surpassed in depth by most nursery rhymes. So I’m always on the lookout for rockin’ songs that carry the potential to energize my church on even the dreariest of Sunday mornings!
Here are two songs that, if you’re not already doing at your church, I suggest you give them a whirl. These particular songs felt like big risks at my church and I had doubts that they’d ever catch on. But, what do ya know, sometimes risks pay off!
#1: All My Fountains by Chris Tomlin/Passion
- Background: I initially learned this one for a youth camp and taught it to my church “just for kicks” :) I would have NEVER guessed it would become one of their favorite songs. They love the message that God faithfully satisfies our deepest needs and they LOVE to clap like crazy. Who would’ve thought that a bunch of bluegrass/country-loving Ozarkians could muster enough rhythm to pull off this songs syncopated clap rhythms???
- Making It Work: The name “Chris Tomlin” should warn all blue collar worship leaders that the key needs to come down! I brought it all the way down to A and but I play it capo-ed up so I can use the G-chord structure. The key of G allows me to more easily mimic the melodic instrumental parts (that happen during the fancy clapping) but the capo helps keep it high enough to sing.
- Hear It:
#2: Furious by Jeremy Riddle
- Background: Here’s another that I thought would be a risk. Singing “His love is deep…” in the chorus is really more like “Hisloveisdeep…” and I wasn’t sure if my vocalists, much less my church, could spit all that out in orderly fashion. But so far so good, we’re in the process of learning this one right now and it puts great energy in the room while proclaiming the message of God’s love in an incredibly fresh way.
- Making It Work: Worship songwriters love the octave thing right now. And it sounds great. But there are few songs that contain melody lines that allow for octaves while keeping it accessible to the average joe in the seats. I would recommend G or A and just keep it all in the same octave. A couple more tips: 1) I found a trumpet player to provide the intro melody and she even plays it over the chorus later in the song; 2) I’m not a big “repeat the chorus 1,000 times” guy and this song doesn’t have a bridge so I tag the latter half of the first verse quietly to extend the song a bit.
- Hear It:
Do you have a favorite rocking worship song?